Hier die Links, die vergangene Woche liegengeblieben sind, diesmal mit Street Fighter Motion Sculptures, einem Kurzfilm über die Treehugger, die drei Jahre lang auf den riesigen Bäumen Kaliforniens gelebt haben, Stacey Pullen in the Mix, einem De La Soul-Tribute, Copyright in Space, einem Netzwerk-Visualisierungs-Tutorial, den Zeichnerinnen von vintage Pin-Ups, einem eBook von Longforms mit dem besten aus „alternative Journalism“ und noch viel mehr:
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Street Fighter Motion Sculptures on Vimeo:
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EXPO on Vimeo: Female astro-miner Shona has been mining under dangerous conditions on the moon for the past two years in order to pay for expensive medical treatments in hopes of save her bed-ridden daughter Darla, and now that her tour is completed, a younger astronaut Paige has come to replace her. Shona is reluctant to return to the world she once knew, but in meeting Paige realizes that returning to Earth isn't where she'll find peace - she will have to return home.
▶ Solid Steel Radio Show – United States of Audio: De La Soul Tribute: Solid Steel (24th May) Following on from last year's treatment of 'Paul's Boutique' (by DJ Food, Cheeba and Moneyshot), United States of Audio does the same with De la Soul's groundbreaking album 3 Feet High and Rising. It's not just a mix, but more like an audio documentary about an album that is also about to celebrate it's 25th anniversary. In his own words; 'Several years in the making and including around 100 tracks, this is my personal tribute to De La Soul's '3 Feet High and Rising'. Using original sample sources, album tracks, interviews and rarities, 'How High's The Water Mama' tells the story of one of hip hop's most influential albums.
Stacey Pullen | XLR8R: A key member of Detroit techno's second wave, Pullen came up under the tutelage of Motor City pioneers like Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson, but quickly made his own mark, particularly once he hit the global DJ circuit in '93 and '94. Since then, he's been a fixture behind the decks in clubs around the globe, and has spent the past two decades spreading the gospel of Detroit.
Deconstructing: Daft Punk, Will Oldham, And Two Decades Of Mysterious Musicianship - Stereogum: At first glance, the French dance purveyors and American troubadour have little in common. Yet two decades later, both acts possess a rather similar aura that sets them apart from many other artists. In fostering their mysterious identities while maintaining relative anonymity, Bangalter, de Homem-Christo, and Oldham have somehow transform into musical icons without subjecting themselves to the downsides of artistic fame.
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Among Giants on Vimeo: Risking injury and incarceration, an environmental activist disrupts the clear-cutting of an ancient redwood grove by sitting on a tiny platform a hundred feet up in the tree canopy. Already three years into the tree-sit when filming begins, AMONG GIANTS blends vérité cinematography with intimate personal reflection to remarkable effect.
The Economist explains: How does copyright work in space? | The Economist: J.A.L. Sterling, a London-based expert on international copyright law, anticipated all this in a 2008 paper, "Space Copyright Law: the new dimension", in which he lists dozens more potentially problematic scenarios that could arise, some seemingly risible at first. He asks what would have happened if, on a moon landing broadcast live by NASA across the world, two astronauts were overcome by emotion and burst into song – one covered by copyright. NASA might still be engaged in litigation 40 years later. More prosaically and immediately plausibly, Sterling considers space travellers who put copyrighted material from Earth on a server reachable from space, or engage in rights-violating "public performances" for crewmates. If the first person to walk on Mars decides to launch into "A Whole New World", the rights will need to have been cleared with Disney first.
Pin-Up Queens: Three Female Artists Who Shaped the American Dream Girl | Collectors Weekly: It's easy to think of pin-up art as a charming relic of the old boys' club – images that might line the walls of a Mid-Century smoking room where Don Draper and Roger Sterling slap each other on the back. And the names of the artists that come up over and over again are men: Alberto Vargas, George Petty, and Gil Elvgren.
Tribute to Grant Morrison's Batman (Audio from Fatman on Batman #27):
Iain McCaig: The Art of Visual Storytelling - YouTube: Iain McCaig is best known as a principal designer on the three Star Wars prequels. In his new book Shadowline: The Art of Visual Storytelling, McCaig presents the stories behind the creation of key examples of his concept designs, illustrations and storyboards.
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How Michael Crichton's 'Westworld' Pioneered Modern Special Effects : The New Yorker: "Westworld" did open on time, on November 21, 1973, and remains warmly regarded, with an eighty-seven-per-cent-positive rating from critics on the Web site Rotten Tomatoes. (It also recently received a name check from Tony Stark in "Iron Man 3.") The film industry was slow to follow Crichton's lead into computer graphics, however. Only a handful of feature films over the course of the seventies would make any use of them at all. "Futureworld," the cheesy 1976 sequel to "Westworld," included a 3-D animation of Peter Fonda's head, created by Whitney and his new business partner, Gary Demos. ("Futureworld" also briefly showed footage of a 3-D computer-animated hand that had been created by a young graduate student named Ed Catmull; he would go on to co-found Pixar Animation Studios.) For "Star Wars," in 1977, George Lucas decided that the briefing of the rebel pilots would center on a computer-animated film of the attack plan; to do the work, Lucas hired twenty-five-year-old Larry Cuba...
The Making of Kubrick's 2001: There have been countless words written about Stanley Kubrick's visionary masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey – some good, some bad – but after 45 years, this superb book remains the only one you'll ever really need. It is such a shame that this book is out-of-print. It is filled with everything you ever wanted to know about 2001. It leads off with Arthur C. Clarke's short story "The Sentinel" and closes with a complete reprint of Stanley Kubrick's interview with Playboy magazine. In between are profiles, interviews with technical advisors, effects secrets revealed, letters to Stanley from the moviegoing public, as well as reviews of the film, both good and bad.
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Inside the NYC Water Tower Speakeasy - ANIMAL: Guests were led on a trespass journey through a series of vacant office buildings, up into the skyline, and through a tight trap door. Inside the water tower, the tables and bar were made from scavenged piano parts. Whiskey was the sole liquor. Attending the Night Heron was possible only as a gift, pre-paid by a previous guest, and passed to you in the form of a pocket watch that was your entrance token.
How to turn a high concept idea into an actual story: Every story begins with an idea. What's amazing about science fiction stories is, they often start with a cool idea. Like a spin on space travel or robots that nobody's ever thought of before. But how do you turn an idea into a story, with memorable characters and powerful moments? That's often the hard part.
The Gut-Wrenching Science Behind the World's Hottest Peppers | Science & Nature | Smithsonian Magazine: The chili pepper does not want to be your friend. It wants to hurt you so badly you turn it loose. Plants cannot bare teeth or run for the hills; they must protect themselves passively. Some are horribly bitter. Others, less forgiving, are poisonous. Capsaicin, the primary active ingredient in hot peppers, falls into the category of irritant, but that's an insult to its power. (Chemical irritation, or chemical feel, is the third of the chemical senses, along with smell and taste.) Capsaicin in the eyes or airways is disabling to the extent that it is used as a nonlethal weapon – pepper spray. Bhut Jolokia grenades were developed several years ago by India's Defence Research and Development Organization and used on protesters in Kashmir. (The grenades were shelved because the chili powder is prone to fungal rot.)
Beat Godfather Meets Glitter Mainman: Burroughs interviews Bowie, Rolling Stone, February 1974: Burroughs: Do you do all your designs yourself? Bowie: Yes, I have to take total control myself. I can't let anybody else do anything, for I find that I can do things better for me. I don't want to get other people playing with what they think that I'm trying to do. I don't like to read things that people write about me. I'd rather read what kids have to say about me, because it's not their profession to do that.
Longform Exclusive: "Best of Alternative Journalism" eBook Download: A con man ruining lives from behind bars. A woman who took on her health insurance company and won huge. A producer who lost everything on an epic coke binge. Those stories and more are included in Best Alternative Longform Journalism, a new anthology of the great writing from alt-weeklies, which is available free and only through Longform.
Pulp Liberation Army - By Isaac Stone Fish and Helen Gao | Foreign Policy: There are thousands of Chinese war fantasy novels on the Internet -- too sensitive to be published in book form, they circulate on blogs, and websites like Blood and Iron Reading. Most languish, but the more popular ones get read millions of times. As a rising China struggles to define its military aspirations, and as the country's vast propaganda apparatus encourages citizens to define their version of President Xi Jinping's vague slogan "Chinese Dream," these military fantasy novels provide insight into what Chinese people's war dreams look like.
Punk und HipHop in der DDR (MP3): Von Hendrik Kirchhof | Wer in der DDR mit bunten Haaren und zerrissenen Jeans herumlief, galt schnell als Staatsfeind. Tatsächlich machten gerade Punks aus ihrer Unzufriedenheit mit dem System kein Geheimnis. Viele bekamen wegen ihrer kritischen Texte keine Ausbildung oder landeten sogar im Gefängnis. Hip-Hopper dagegen waren weniger politisch, wurden aber trotzdem überwacht und schikaniert.
3-D Scans Reveal Caterpillars Turning Into Butterflies – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science: two teams of scientists have started to captured intimate series of images showing the same caterpillars metamorphosing inside their pupae. Both teams used a technique called micro-CT, in which X-rays capture cross-sections of an object that can be combined into a three-dimensional virtual model. By dissecting these models rather than the actual insects, the teams could see the structures of specific organs, like the guts or breathing tubes. They could also watch the organs change over time by repeatedly scanning the same chrysalis over many days. And since insects tolerate high doses of radiation, this procedure doesn't seem to harm them, much less kill them.
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How to Give a Killer Presentation - Harvard Business Review
A Snapshot of the Inside of an Atom - ScienceNOW: Talk about taking a tough shot. Physicists have, for the first time, been able to image the quantum workings of electrons in hydrogen atoms, an advance that could open the door to a deeper understanding of the quantum world.
Boston Review – Claude S. Fischer: Getting Smarter: Psychologists often use puzzles to test intelligence. So, puzzle this: on the one hand, many psychologists tell us that intelligence is an enduring individual trait, pretty much hard-wired by a person's DNA and by cell development in the fetus's brain. On the other hand, testing shows that there have been huge increases around the world in IQ scores over the last two or three generations – so large that most Western adults a century ago would be considered dimwits by today's standards.
The Era of Private Space Travel Is Just Beginning -- New York Magazine: Unbeknownst to most of the world, after decades of failed Jetsons-esque promises of individual jetpacks for all, people – civilians, you and me, though with a good deal more means – are finally about to ascend to the heavens. If the twentieth-century space race was about the might of the American government, the emerging 21st-century space age is about something perhaps even more powerful – the might of money.
The Girl Who Turned to Bone - Carl Zimmer - The Atlantic: Peeper's diagnosis meant that, over her lifetime, she would essentially develop a second skeleton. Within a few years, she would begin to grow new bones that would stretch across her body, some fusing to her original skeleton. Bone by bone, the disease would lock her into stillness.